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ESG and Sustainable Finance Initiative: We’re Conducting Focus Groups Discussion. Have an Interest – Join the Discussion.

SFA and our ESG Steering Committee are seeking SFA Members to participate in a series of small focus group discussions to establish market participant preferences and priorities for our ESG considerations in structured products.

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Regional Banks Take on ESG Issuance

Momentum for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment is increasing, as reflected by a social bond issued earlier this month by regional bank Truist, an offering that raised $1.25 billion for investments in affordable housing and nonprofits.

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SEC Pushes for More ESG Disclosure

On March 15, Acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Allison Herren Lee, gave a speech at the Center for American Progress, in which she set forth a regulatory agenda that centers on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) topics.

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ESG Investment Market to Grow in 2021

Investments in the environment, social, and governance (ESG) market have gained significant traction in recent years among investors. Survey data released by sustainability-driven investment firm OneplanetCapital found that the ESG market is set to double this year with 12% of traders planning to move investments to ESG related funds in 2021.

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Structured Finance Association Releases New Episode of ‘Bright Ideas’ Podcast

The Structured Finance Association (SFA) today released a new episode of its podcast series, Bright Ideas. In the episode, host and SFA CEO Michael Bright and SFA President Kristi Leo sit down with dv01 CEO Perry Rahbar and Strategy Principal Charlie Oshman for a conversation on why environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles are taking the finance market by storm and what data and reporting standards are needed

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Bright Ideas: ESG Investing in Structured Finance. How Do We Do It and What Data Do We Need?

On the latest episode of Bright Ideas, SFA CEO Michael Bright is joined by SFA President Kristi Leo and dv01’s Perry Rahbar and Charlie Oshman to discuss what Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing is, why it’s taking the finance market by storm, and what data is needed for ESG.

SFA Research Corner: Calls for Consistent, Comparable Climate-Related ESG Disclosures

The latest SFA Research Corner looks at the challenges around climate-related disclosures addressed by the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the House Committee on Financial Services over the past few weeks. How these challenges are resolved in the broader markets will ultimately influence on how the structured finance market addresses its own unique ESG-related reporting challenges, an effort led by SFA and its membership.

Industry News

ESG Investing Will Continue To Grow, Says Goldman Sachs

Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused investments is growing in the wake of European Union regulations as well as President Biden’s push for sustainable business, Goldman Sachs analysts report. The report sees "ESG as no longer optional for asset managers."

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SFA Hosts 2nd Annual ESG Symposium

Thank you to all the attendees and supporters of SFA’s 2nd Annual ESG in Structured Finance Symposium which took place this week on December 15-16. More than 200 participants gathered during our two-day virtual event to discuss a broad range of ESG-related topics, including impact and sustainable investing, and innovative ways that market participants can expand access to affordable credit and housing by funding responsible credit products to consumers and businesses.

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Climate Experts Discuss Biden’s Policy Promises

On Monday, December 14, a panel of experts discussed the climate-related promises made by President-elect Biden during an event convened by the New York Times. One noteworthy topic addressed in the context of the financial industry was ESG disclosures.